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IPv6 and self-managed servers

We’ve had IPv6 enabled on the “self-managed server” subnets (164 and 197) for quite a while now, and mostly it has been trouble-free.  Recently, however, we’ve had reports of login slowness to some self-managed servers following a system upgrade. What … Continue reading

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How to avoid the remote.inf.ed.ac.uk downtime

Updated (26/08/21): this work is complete. This is about downtime for the remote desktop service, and how you can carry on using the service while your usual server is not available. What’s remote.inf.ed.ac.uk? The remote desktop service gives you a … Continue reading

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Research Data Management

The University runs a Research Data Management Service which encompasses all aspects of Research Data Management including recording Data Management Plans, storing active data, sharing data, archiving data and providing forums and training facilities. The main features are: DMPonline Free … Continue reading

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Routing changes between Informatics and EdLAN

For many years we have used the OSPF routing protocol to exchange IPv4 and IPv6 routes with the rest of EdLAN as well as internally within Informatics.  As a result of the University’s network replacement project, however, that’s going to … Continue reading

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Remote desktop now needs the VPN

To use our remote desktop service, or any RDP connection to a computer at Edinburgh University, you must now (edit: from 07:00 on Wednesday 28 April) use a University VPN. If you don’t, you won’t get a connection. If you … Continue reading

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New SSH Server

On Monday 1st March we will replace the SSH server named “bruegel” which hosts ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk and student.ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk with a new machine named “auriga“. All that will happen is that at about 09:00 on Monday we will change the DNS alias … Continue reading

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Significant Issues with the School’s OpenAFS File System

We are currently experiencing significant issues with the School’s OpenAFS file system. This contains our user’s DICE home directories along with the majority of the School’s group and research data. The majority of our administrative data is now held on … Continue reading

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Additional OpenVPN configurations

EdLAN is increasingly embracing site-local (“RFC1918“) addresses, and as a consequence we are beginning to see services being given such addresses. (A good argument could be made that the use of such addresses implies that they should never be accessible … Continue reading

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SL7 to Ubuntu Upgrade

Over the next few months all those with an existing SL7 DICE desktop will be contacted by the Computing Support Team to arrange for it to be upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04 (focal fossa) . We are aiming to upgrade all … Continue reading

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New DICE Ubuntu Environment

We are very pleased to announce that the Informatics managed Linux desktop environment (DICE) has been ported to Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). After 5 years of service our Scientific Linux 7 (SL7) based desktop environment is showing its age. In … Continue reading

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